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Bob Brett
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THE SPRING 2007 NEW TAMPA PREDATORS 14U BASEBALL TEAM

Left to Right Front Row:  Brian Christiansen, Chris Blatz, Dillon Burns, Nick Kranick, Grant Wilson, Sinjin Sato.  2nd Row Left to Right:Matt Ganzi, Jay Carroll, Jacob Chafin, Taylor Poole, Kyle Brett, Coach Toby Burns.  3rd Row Left to Right:  Coach Kevin Blatz, Ty Neuhaus, Myles Peterson, Coach Bob Brett. 

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Tuesday, May 29
THE PREDATORS HAVE CONCLUDED THE 2007 SPRING SEASON

The Predators have ended a very tough 2007 Spring Baseball Season. Without a doubt, the Predators played the toughest competition in the history of the club during the Spring 2007 Season. Now the Predator players will focus on Little League All-Stars, playing Legion Ball for their designated High Schools, attending Baseball Camps and preparing for try-out for their High School Baseball Teams.

The Spring Season has been a very difficult and frustrating season for the Predators and many feel that the Predators did not achieve our goals for the season. The team started out strong during the first two-thirds of the season. At the end of the season, the coaches made a decision to take the competition to a new level and to begin to compete against the best teams in the State of Florida. The team attended USSSA Tournaments competing in the Major Division; they played in the AAU Ice Division against the best AAU Teams. The Predators didn't just go to any tournament, they went to the tournaments that drew the best teams. They scheduled strong teams for the few doubleheaders played to get ready for the tournaments.

The coaching staff felt that it was important for the players to see the best pitching in the state and to compete at the highest level. This is the only way to get better and the only way to prepare for high school baseball. Unfortunately, the Predators did not have the pitching to sustain the team at this level in a three day six or seven game tournament. Our hitting was exposed to be below average when we faced the better pitchers in the state. Something that every player needs to work on during the off season. Our defense held up and even though we did not have the pitching or hitting we were competitive in almost all of the games we played. Though we did not win many games, this was a great learning experience for the players and will serve them well in their future baseball endeavors.

The Predators are basically a little league all-star team from the New Tampa Area. The Predators should be proud of the way that they competed against these specially recruited Travel Teams. These are teams that are composed of players from a large geographical area with the intent and goals to win every game and every tournament. These teams didn't have better talent than the Predators, just more depth at the position of pitcher and bigger more powerful hitters.

Congratulations to every player on the Predators. You played as a team, you played hard and you never gave up no matter what the odds. Keep working on your game. The friendships that you established with the other players on the team this year will be much more important in the future than just winning baseball games. Establish new goals for high school and "Be ready when it is your turn".



Tuesday, February 13
THE SIXTH TOOL IN BASEBALL - ATTITUDE,

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Coaches and scouts are always talking about the "FIVE TOOL" baseball player.  A five tool player has the following skills:

Glove, Speed, Arm, Hitting and Hit with Power

Is there a sixth tool that is just as important as the five listed above?  The answer is yes and that tool is "Attitude" Attitude is a combination of mental make-up, discipline, committment, work ethic and game knowledge.

"The way a team plays as a whole determines its success.  You may have the greatest bunch of individual stars in the world, but if they don't play together, the club won't be worth a dime." 
--Babe Ruth--




Wednesday, August 23
Practice: No Practices Scheduled

Monday, April 2
"2007 Slug-A-Rama " -- Predators Lose To Wellswood Stars in Semi-Finals Take 4th Place in ICE Division

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The Predators played in the 2007 Sunshine Athletics "Slug-A-Rama" Baseball Tournament that was held in Bradenton from Friday, April 13th through Sunday, April 15th.  The Predators are the 15th seed and played in Pool "D".  Other teams in Pool "D" were the Sarasota Stealth (4th seed) and Collier Select (22nd seed). The Predators won Pool "D" and played for the ICE Division Championship on Sunday.  The Predators played, in the Quarter-Finals, the Wesley Chapel Bulldogs and defeated them by a score of 6 to 4.  The Predators advanced to the Semi-Finals and will play the winner of the Quarter-Finals game between the Wellswood Stars (9th seed) and the Tampa Bay Raiders (1st seed).  The Tournament was suspended due to rain.  On Sunday, April 29th the Tournament resumed and the Wellswood Stars advanced to the Semi-Finals because the Tampa Bay Raiders dropped out of the Tournament.  The Predators played the Wellswood Stars in the Semi-Finals and lost 9-0. The Predators took 4th Place in the Ice Division. Great showing by the Predators.

POOL GAME SCHEDULE:

DAY

TIME

UNIFORM

TEAMS

LOCATION

 Friday  4:30 p.m.  Black / White  Predators 5, Sarasota Stealth 6  Pirate City #3
 Saturday  10:00 a.m.  Red / White  Predators 9, Collier Select 6  Braden River #1

SUNDAY GAME SCHEDULE:

GAME

TEAMS

 Quarter-Finals  Predators 6, Wesley Chapel Bulldogs 4
 Semi-Finals  Predators 0, Wellswood Stars 9
 Championship  Wellswood Stars 6, St. Pete Saints 7


Sunday, April 15
Predators Give a Great Effort at The USSSA State Championship -- Great Weekend of Baseball

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The Predators played three quality teams in the USSSA 2007 State Championship that was held in Leesburg, Florida.  The Predators faced Team TPX and the Jacksonville Royals in Pool Play.  In our first game against TPX, the first two innings put us behind by six runs and we just could not generate enough offense to recover from our very poor start.  Against Jacksonville, the game was close until the fifth inning when Jacksonville hit a two out, two strike triple to take the lead.  The Predators came out of Pool "C" in fourth position and had to play the number one seed in Pool "B", the Winter Park Wild.  On Sunday, the Predators played a solid game and held the Wild to only three earned runs.  The Predator bats came alive after the first three innings hitting the ball solid but right at the Wild.  A few costly errors and a couple of great defensive plays by the Wild were key in this game.

This was the first time the Predators played in the USSSA Major Division in a Tournament and the Predators showed that they can play with the top competition in the State.  To win at this level will take a premier performance by the Predators.

POOL "C" GAME SCHEDULE:

DAY

TIME

FIELD

GAME

 Sat  10:10 a.m.  Sleepy Hollow  Predators 4, Team TPX 10
 Sat  4:40 p.m.  Sleepy Hollow  Predators 3, Jacksonville Royals 9

SINGLE ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:

DAY

TIME

FIELD

GAME

 Sun  10:00 a.m..  Stadium  Winter Park Wild 6, Predators 0




Monday, March 12
PREDATORS TAKE 2ND PLACE IN THE AAA DIVISION OF THE USSSA TOURNAMENT

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This was the first time the Predators have played in a USSSA Tournament and our first trip to Leesburg.  The Predators had a slow start on Saturday in Pool Play with a loss and a tie.  The only thing hurt on Saturday was our seeding for the single elimination tournament on Sunday and our pride. 

On Sunday, the real Predators showed up at the ball field and by chance had to play the same two teams that they played on Saturday.  The outcome of the games on Sunday were totally different. In the first game, the Predators defeated the Orlando Chaos 16 - 2 and in the second game the Predators defeated the Winter Spring Wild 16 - 0.  This advanced the Predators to the Championship game against the Orlando Knights.

Championship Game -  Predators 4; Orlando Knights 5:  In a very hard fought and close game against the Orlando Knights the Predators came up one run short and loss the game to the Knights 5 - 4.  This game went down to the final inning and final at bat.  The Predators played well but the Knights, behind strong pitching in the late innings and timely hits, were able to hold off the Predators.

Congratiulation Predators on an outstanding performance in your first USSSA Baseball Tournament and taking 2nd Place in the 14U AAA Division.

Details of the five games will be put on the Game Recap Page of this site as soon as the statistics for the tournament have been compiled.



Friday, August 18
Baseball Tips forThe Month of May

Fielding a Ground Ball:  After you catch a ground ball, don't stand up and then start the throwing motion.  Stay low, like you are in a tunnel, and move towards your throwing target.  This will get the ball to the target much quicker than standing up and winding up to throw.  After you throw the ball, your body should follow the throw.  Explode toward your target.  This is all made easier if you move your feet so that when you catch the ball your body is inline with your target.

Hitting Tip:  Loading is making sure that your hands are back over your right foot before you start the swing.  When a coach tells you to stay back on a swing, he wants you to keep your hands back not your body.  The hands have to stay inside the baseball executing am inside out swing.  Visualize a railroad track from the pitcher to the plate.  The ball is on one track, the outside track, and your hands need to move following the inside railroad track.

Outfield Tip:  Only catch a ground ball on the side if it is a slow roller or you have to make the winning play at the plate.  On routine ground balls or base hits to the outfield, catch the ball with your body in front of the ball.

Mental Tip:  An excellent hitter get a hit three out of every ten times he goes to the plate.  If you have a poor at bat the first time you go to the plate, don't let that effect your play in the field or your next at bat.  Everytime you go to the plate, it is a new challenge.  Stay positive at all times even if others around you are being negative.



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Monday, October 2
SLUG-A-RAMA "FIRE" CHAMPIONS

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The Predators defeated the Saint Petersburg Saints 14 - 6 in the Championship Game to win the Fire Division  Championship of the Sunshine Sports AAU Slug-A-Rama Tournament that was held in Bradenton, Florida. The Predators went 5-1 in the Tournament. Congratulations to the Predators for winning their first AAU Championship.

Check the Game Recap Page of this site for more details on the Predator's march to the Championship and the team and individual highlights.


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